NHS prescriptions for Viagra TRIPLE in 10 years

Prescriptions for Viagra and similar drugs trebled in a decade and nearly three million were handed out last year.

Doctors say the treatment is particularly popular amongst millennials who watch porn or feel under pressure to perform.

They also claim there is less stigma attached to the drug, greater awareness of the benefits and it is also cheaper.

Figures from NHS Digital show 2,958,199 prescriptions for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction treatments were handed out in 2016.

This compares to 1,042,431 in 2006 and 2,540,494 in 2015, a 16 per cent increase.

The price of Viagra-type drugs was slashed dramatically in 2013 when its 'patent' - the manufacturer's rights to make the treatment – expired.

Previously, a pack of four Viagra pills - manufactured by Pfizer - had cost £21.27.

By 2014 however, a pack of four generic pills containing the same ingredient sidenafil were just £1.45.

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On top of the NHS prescriptions, doctors believe a growing number of men are buying Viagra-type treatment online.

The rise of internet purchases 

Dr Seth Rankin, an GP and chief executive of the London Doctors Clinic, said he had heard anecdotally of young men buying the pills over the internet.

'We see a number of guys who take it recreationally and we might get a sideways question like 'my mates are using it – is there any harm?'

'You don't get people coming in and asking for it directly, most get information from friends and order it online.

Dr Rankin said many men in their took the substance because they watched a lot of pornography and felt pressure to perform.

But they also took it to counteract the effect of substances such as alcohol or drugs, which can cause erectile dysfunction.

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